Centers of Excellence Requirements

Requirements for consideration:

  • An identified multidisciplinary team for tracheostomy care and Passy Muir® Valve application, including physicians (e.g. intensivist, pulmonologist, otolaryngologist, pediatrician, neonatologist) nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists, and other clinical staff, as appropriate.
    • A multidisciplinary team for patients with tracheostomy established for a minimum of 3 years
    • Appropriate documentation on each team member to illustrate their qualifications and contributions to the team.
  • Utilization of the Passy Muir Valve in-line with the ventilator, when these patients are available
  • Written policies and procedures regarding Passy Muir Valve use
  • Team and clinical staff participation in Passy Muir educational opportunities (e.g. in-services, webinars, self-study CEUs, etc.)
    • An ongoing method for staff education and training regarding the assessment and application of the Valve (e.g. yearly competency, training checklist, supervised placements on mannequins and patients, in-service, webinar, etc.)
    • Documentation of the education and training in which each team member and other clinical staff have participated.
  • Submission of a video demonstrating the team’s function during an assessment and application of the Passy Muir Valve with a patient (including ventilator application, if the facility services these patients)
    • Must include all aspects listed on the Video Checklist
  • An on-site visit from a Passy Muir representative during which the team:
    • meets with the representative for questions and answers
    • demonstrates competency in assessment and application of the Passy Muir Valve on spontaneously breathing and ventilated patients

Additional Criteria for consideration:

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals regarding research or clinical methods involving the Passy Muir Valve.
  • Media coverage or recognition in any professional or mainstream outlets regarding the facility and program (e.g. professional magazines, publications, newsletters, local papers, or corporate media outlets).
  • Presentations/posters at healthcare conferences or society meetings regarding use of the Passy Muir Valve.
  • Objective measurements and documentation of improved outcomes from QI or QA studies (or similar data) within the facility. Examples include: weaning rates, decannulation rates, length of stay, oral feeding/swallowing measures, aspiration rates, communication measures, mobility/physical.


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